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41 LGBT Advocacy Groups Jointly Condemn FRC Shooting

Jim Burroway

August 15th, 2012

Twenty-three Forty-one LGBT advocacy organizations have come together to isue a joint statement condemning today’s shooting at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in which a guard was injured. You already have Timothy’s, Rob’s and my reactions from earlier today. I speak for everyone here at BTB in wishing for the guard’s swift recovery, along with our gratitude that the worst that could have happened didn’t happen.

Joint Statement Regarding Shooting at Family Research Council

From Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations
We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.

The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence.  We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.

Michael Adams
Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Tico Almeida
President, Freedom to Work
Katie Belanger
Executive Director, Fair Wisconsin

Wayne Besen
Founding Executive Director, Truth Wins Out

A.J. Bockelman
Executive Director, PROMO

Sharon Brackett
Board Chair, Gender Rights Maryland

Carly Burton
Deputy Director, MassEquality

Dr. Eliza Byard
Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Jennifer Chrisler
Executive Director, Family Equality Council

Brad Clark
Executive Director, One Colorado

R. Clarke Cooper
Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans

Dwayne Crenshaw
Executive Director, San Diego LGBT Pride

Heather Cronk
Managing Director, GetEQUAL

Jerame Davis
Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Emily Dievendorf
Director of Policy, Equality Michigan

James Esseks
Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project

Lynn A. Faria
Interim Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda

Jenna Frazzini
Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon

Joshua A. Friedes
Spokesperson, Equal Rights Washington

Herndon Graddick
President, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Chad Griffin
President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Jody M. Huckaby
Executive Director, PFLAG National (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Mara Keisling
Executive Director, National Center of Transgender Equality

Kate Kendell
Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Abbe Land
Executive Director & CEO, The Trevor Project

Gregory Lewis
Executive Director, True Colors Fund

Eileen Ma
Executive Director, API Equality-LA

David Mariner
Executive Director, The DC Center for the LGBT Community

Ineke Mushovic
Executive Director, Movement Advancement Project

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

Darlene Nipper
Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Donna Red Wing
Executive Director, One Iowa

Marisa Richmond, Ph.D.
President, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)

Aubrey Sarvis
Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Josh Seefried
Co-Director, OutServe

Peggy Shorey
Executive Director, Pride at Work

Brian Silva
Executive Director, Marriage Equality USA

Lee Swislow
Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Rachel B. Tiven, Esq.
Executive Director, Immigration Equality

Chuck Wolfe
President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute

Evan Wolfson
President, Freedom to Marry



Thom Watson
August 15th, 2012 | LINK

FYI, the statement has been updated with additional signatories, including Marriage Equality USA and its executive director Brian Silva.

Joseph Singer
August 15th, 2012 | LINK

Of course the FRC is going to label this as gay terrorism and play the victim card for all it’s worth.

August 15th, 2012 | LINK

This is such a contrast to FRC who, far from condemning Uganda for proposing a death penalty for gays, opposed the State Dept. from taking a stand against it.

When has FRC ever denounced acts of violence against lesbians or gay men? I’m not saying they’ve never done it. It just strikes me that such concerns don’t seem to register with them. I’ve certainly never seen a coordinated response by these family values orgs across the board like this. They didn’t have much to say in support of Lawrence King, if I recall correctly.

August 15th, 2012 | LINK

I’m happy to see so many take the higher ground.

August 16th, 2012 | LINK

Like gar, I’m very glad to see the major organizations of our movement come out in denouncing yesterday’s shooting. Hopefully it will blunt the inevitable “gays=terrorists” message that Joseph is anticipating (as, sadly, am I).

Neil’s also right that you never hear a peep out of NOM, FRC, etc. when it’s somebody our side who’s the victim of a shooting like this. Know who else’s voice you won’t hear either? The NRA’s.

Mark F.
August 16th, 2012 | LINK

We need to always behave better than our opponants, which is why I was horrified when certain people suggested that Chick-Fil-A ought to be denied a business license because of Mr. Cathy’s views and political activities. Never give them any rope they can try to hang us with!

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